In Magoma, consistent droughts wither maize crops in the dry season, while deforestation in recent years has led to flooding that destroys harvests in the rainy seasons. Faced with these uncertain conditions, farmers struggle to get by at subsistence levels. Food insecurity, in turn, means students are often hungry during school hours and lack the energy and focus to learn.
The Magoma Project works out of the Kwata and Kijango primary schools, bringing together students and community members to generate income while learning agricultural and livestock best practices. Through integrated production systems at the schools, the projects produce chicken eggs, goat milk, vegetables, and fish. Sale of these products provides income for community members, as well as funding for a school meals program, providing food to students who otherwise wouldn’t eat a substantial meal until dinner.
Simultaneously, these activities serve as an important learning tool for students. Teachers at the primary schools use the project activities to enhance their teaching, integrating hands-on learning into their curriculum to promote curiosity and creativity. The project transforms primary schools into a place for innovation, as students, teachers and community members alike gain practical knowledge (such as how to use a drip irrigation system to maintain crops during a dry season) and hone their capacity for critical thinking, becoming better equipped to respond to a changing natural environment.